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December 19, 2014
Energy Department Announces Achievement of Major Cleanup Milestone at Savannah River Site

Today, the Department of Energy reached a major milestone in efforts to clean up the Cold War legacy at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, and took a step forward to closing additional radioactive tanks at the site

December 19, 2014
Save the Date! Pennsylvania Strategic Energy Management Showcase 2015

Attend the Pennsylvania Strategic Energy Management Showcase on April 7, 2015, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania, and learn about the Better Plants Program and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™). The Showcase includes presentations on how Better Plants and SEP work and the valuable tools and resources they offer to industrial manufacturers and facilities.

December 18, 2014
BETO Partner Secures Strategic Financing Commitment

On December 11, 2014, biomass supply company Genera Energy Inc., announced that it received a strategic financing commitment from energy investment firm, WindSail Capital Group.

December 18, 2014
The Research & Development Roadmap for Next-Generation Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants provides recommendations on R&D activities that will help accelerate the transition to low-GWP refrigerants across the entire HVAC&R industry.
Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Water Heating, Appliances, and Low-GWP Refrigerants

In Fall 2014, the Emerging Technologies Program released four roadmaps, providing BTO with recommendations for R&D activities to pursue and help aid in achieving BTO’s energy savings goals.

December 18, 2014
Now Available: Evaluating Electric Vehicle Charging Impacts and Customer Charging Behaviors - Experiences from Six SGIG Projects (December 2014)

Under OE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program, six utilities evaluated operations and customer charging behaviors for in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations. The report is now available for downloading.

December 17, 2014
Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework Recognized at National Conference

The paper and poster presentation "Bioenergy KDF: Enabling Spatiotemporal Data Synthesis and Research Collaboration" was awarded second place for best paper at the ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, held November 4–7 in Dallas, Texas.

December 17, 2014
<em>Photo courtesy of Volvo Group Trucks</em>
Latest Certification Gives Volvo Top Three Plants at Platinum Level of Superior Energy Performance®

AMO is pleased to announce that the Volvo Group Trucks facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, has become the third facility within the Volvo Group to be certified to the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program and to ISO 50001. The facility improved its energy performance by 20.9% over three years to achieve SEP certification at the Platinum level.

December 17, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Best Practices in Energy Data Collection, Tools for Water Use Reduction, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

December 17, 2014
DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on High-Luminous-Flux LED Lighting in a High-Temperature Environment

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a GATEWAY report on a trial demonstration in which the incumbent quartz metal halide (QMH) area lighting was replaced with LED at three pole locations along a 7.2-mile stretch of the Yuma (Arizona) Sector Border Patrol Area. This high-luminous-flux and high-temperature application is not unique, and similar applications can benefit from the findings of this installation – including correctional facilities, military bases, and, more generally, street and area lighting.

Among the findings from the Yuma demonstration:

December 16, 2014
Christopher A. Smith Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

Christopher A. Smith was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.

December 16, 2014
New Energy Performance Database Being Used to Speed Energy Savings

The Technology Performance Exchange™ allows technology manufacturers, evaluators, utilities, consumers, modelers, and researchers to share energy performance data for building-related products.

December 16, 2014
Department of Energy Announces 22 New Projects to Enable Emissions Reductions and Improve Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings. The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) and Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA).

December 15, 2014
North American Energy Ministers Meeting

Washington– The North American Energy Ministers met today, in response to the call of the North American Leaders, to advance an energy agenda that expands the continent’s leadership in energy, strengthens North American energy security, supports shared economic prosperity and environmental performance. This meeting builds upon a long, productive and successful history of trilateral North American collaboration on energy issues.

December 12, 2014
“Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” Report Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and the GridWise Alliance (GWA) partnered to facilitate a series of four regional workshops and a National Summit entitled “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” to create an industry-driven vision of the electric grid in 2030 and to begin forging a path to realizing that vision. The resulting “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” report captures the vision of the future electric grid and the associated potential changes in the utility business and regulatory models, as articulated by regional workshop and National Summit participants.

December 12, 2014
Energy Secretary Moniz Announces Formation of Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group

WASHINGTON—Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Tribal Nations, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the formalization of the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG), providing a forum for Tribal Leaders to engage with the Department on a wide scope of nuclear energy issues.

December 11, 2014
AMO to Issue FOA for New Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Office posted a Notice of Intent (NOI) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms and Modeling for Manufacturing.” President Obama announced that the Energy Department will lead this competition. The NOI supports the creation of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms and Modeling for Manufacturing (ASCPMM).

December 10, 2014
DOE Issues Request for Information for Scope Requirements Planning at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) seeking 8(a) small business concerns with the capabilities to provide architect-engineer-like services to support a potential upcoming Environmental Management (EM) procurement at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

December 10, 2014
Department of Energy Issues Final $12.5 Billion Advanced Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Department of Energy issued the Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects loan guarantee solicitation, which provides as much as $12.5 billion to support innovative nuclear energy projects as a part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.

December 10, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Residential Energy Efficiency, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development Risk Management, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

December 9, 2014
DOE Issues Final Request for Proposal for Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Support Services

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy today issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP), for the continued performance of infrastructure support services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

December 9, 2014
DOE Releases Federal Building Metering Guidance

The guidance requires federal agencies to review, revise, and submit to FEMP its metering implementation plan within one year.

December 9, 2014
Energy Department Announces Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

The Energy Department today recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.

December 8, 2014
Dr. Ellen Williams Confirmed as Director of ARPA-E

WASHINGTON – Dr. Ellen Williams was confirmed by the United States Senate on Monday, December 8, 2014 as the Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

December 8, 2014
SBIR/STTR Release 2 Funding Opportunity Deadline December 15—Includes Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its FY 2015 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001227) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.

December 8, 2014
Now Available: Smart Grid Investments Improve Grid Reliability, Resilience, and Storm Responses (November 2014)

A new report from OE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program presents findings on smart grid improvements in outage management, based on the recent experiences of three SGIG projects.

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